Fairy tales do come true–and so do tabloid scandals! New York Times Bestselling author Marquita Valentine kicks off a juicy contemporary romance series with a novel about a prince whose best-laid plans go deliciously awry when he marries the maid next door.
Forced to flee to the United States with his siblings after their parents’ assassination, Crown Prince Colin Sinclair takes it upon himself to become the caretaker of his family while hiding out near Charlotte, North Carolina. But after a decade in hiding, the secret’s out and Parliament demands that Colin wed a princess of their choosing. Unwilling to play their game, Colin decides to marry an American instead, and he has the perfect candidate in mind.
As a home-service professional, Della Hughes doesn’t believe in storybook endings. But when her best friend and secret crush reveals that he’s a flesh-and-blood prince, she doesn’t know what to think. Still, she’ll do anything for Colin, including becoming his wife–in name only, of course. But when their plans to stay purely platonic go by the wayside, their fake honeymoon turns all too real. After a week of white-hot nights, Della can no longer deny her feelings–not with a happily ever after so tantalizingly close.
Genre: Romance – Royalty, Friends-to-Lovers, Fake Relationship
Part of a Series: Yes Book 1 of the Royals in Exile Series
POV: Colin and Della
Steam-Level: Toasty Warm
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a Marquita Valentine book and reading Royal Scandal made me remember how much I enjoy her work. Royal Scandal is a quick, fun read featuring an alpha prince pretending to parent his two youngest brothers and a feisty Southern girl-next-door who is his best friend.
Secrets come out throughout piling Colin and his family with stressors that test their bonds. Throughout the book the larger theme is about honesty and how although it can be painful it is also useful to know the whole truth when going into a situation.
Overall this is a delightful story. I also love how Marquita Valentines did the epilogue, with a little taste/tease of what’s to come.
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